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PITTOSPORUM crassifolium

Commonly known as Karo, Parchment bark

A very hardy variety which is excellent in coastal conditions with thick leathery leaves and deep purple flowers
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£15.00 each 

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  • Evergreen - leaves dark-green above, white or buff-felted beneath, 5-7cm (2-3in) long.
  • Brown or black
  • Purple - Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet - deep purple
  • Height - 5-10m (16-33ft)
  • Spread - 2-5m (6½-16ft)
  • Tall Shrub - or small tree with ascending stems. Flowers in terminal clusters, males in clusters of up to 10, females in clusters of 5, followed by almost spherical seed capsules to 1.5cm (¾in) across
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - - leaf spot, powdery mildew.
  • Place of origin - New Zealand (North Island)
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape - Bell/Lantern - - tubular-bell-shaped to 1cm (½in) across
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers -
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil -
5-10m (16-33ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2-5m (6½-16ft)

Buy Varieties of PITTOSPORUM crassifolium

PITTOSPORUM crassifolium 'Variegatum'

PITTOSPORUM crassifolium 'Variegatum'  >

Commonly known as: Karo.
Grey-green leaves variegated creamy-white on the edges
£16.50 each 
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